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“Not Perfect”
Review of Jean Georges

Jean Georges
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Ranked #119 of 13,639 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$25 - US$170
Cuisines: French, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighbourhood: Upper West Side
Cross street: 60th and 61st Streets
Transit: A C, B, D, or 1 line to 59th Street Columbus Circle.
Description: Jean-Georges opened in 1997 to critical acclaim. The jewel of Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s empire, the restaurant offers the very best in fine dining. Consistently awarded four stars by the New York Times and three Michelin stars, Jean-Georges presents exquisitely crafted dishes blending French, American, and Asian influences. The local farmer’s market is the driving force behind the seasonal, ever-changing menu. Chef Jean-Georges is a master at maintaining the essence of ingredients while using them inventively to produce the best flavor. Jean-Georges’ chic and intimate dining room was redesigned by Thomas Juul-Hansen, with striking lighting by L’Observatoire. Impeccable service, tableside preparations, and floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning views of Central Park and Columbus Circle all contribute to an unforgettable dining experience. Jean-Georges offers a three-course prix-fixe menu and two six-course tasting menus: a traditional tasting of the chef’s signature dishes, and a seasonal tasting featuring fresh market ingredients. The prix-fixe and tasting menus are available Monday through Sunday for dinner. The restaurant also offers a two-course lunch menu for a terrific value. Gentleman are required to wear a jacket. No jeans, sweatshirts or sneakers allowed. Tie is not required.
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“Not Perfect”
Reviewed 15 August 2012

My spouse and I dined at Jean Georges for Sunday lunch in July 2012. We had looked forward to eating at this Michelin 3-star restaurant for years, but we were only satisfied (not awed) with our experience. Our Sunday lunch reservation was not difficult to obtain, made easier by booking through Open Table. Although jackets are required for dinner, they were optional for Sunday lunch. When we arrived at 11:30 am for our 11:45 am reservation, we were told that they did not begin seating until precisely 11:45, and we were directed to wait in either the Trump Hotel lobby (which was smallish and very busy, probably because it was check-out time), the bar at Nougatine (which was full), or the outdoor patio at Nougatine (which looked lovely; however, the weather was steamy, hot, and humid). We elected to wait in the hotel lobby, along with two other couples who were also waiting to be seated. We weren’t offered drinks as we sat in the lobby; however, someone did come to fetch us at 11:45 when our table was ready, which was a pleasant surprise; we thought that we would be forgotten and have to present ourselves again to the hostess desk. The Jean Georges restaurant is attractive, with stark white modern decor, high ceilings, and three walls of windows; however, you must traipse through casual “little sister” restaurant Nougatine to enter; on Sunday at 11:45, it seemed that all the hotel guests were present having breakfast. The doors between the two restaurants remained open the entire time of the lunch service, so the Jean Georges setting was less than serene. To compound things, we were seated at the front corner of the room, and although the table position gave us a great view of Jean Georges, it also allowed the noise and commotion from Nougatine to color our dining experience. A service stand was positioned right next to our table, so servers were constantly stopping there to enter orders and pick up/put back wine bottles and water pitchers. I’m not sure that there is an ideal table in this space; several service stands surround the room, and some of the tables are a bit close together. One table for two was tucked into an alcove; a nice, private spot except for the table immediately fronting it. The dining room appears to hold approximately 50 or so guests, at tables for parties of 2, 4, and 6. Two menu options are available for lunch – a 6-course tasting for $128 (set menu without choices), or a 2-course menu for $38 (with several choices from each of three categories); with the 2-course menu, additional course are available for $19 and dessert is available for $12. For the 2-course menu, certain dishes such as egg caviar, foie gras, white asparagus, and scallops come with a supplemental price. We chose the 6-course tasting menu, and were mostly happy. We (and all diners, even those with the 2-course menu) started with a 3-part amuse-bouche of a shooter of popcorn soup, a cube of marinated watermelon topped with feta cheese, and a sort of pickle slice. Next came an egg custard topped with caviar and complemented by a basil sauce. We also dined on yellowtail ribbons with avocado and radish, ravioli with peas and tomatoes, skate with spring vegetables, and rack of lamb with a chili sauce. All the dishes were beautifully presented, and the ingredients were delicious; however, the accompaniments for the skate and the lamb were absolutely redundant in both appearance and taste. The cherry dessert tasting was amazing, with four components – a sort of deconstructed black forest cake, cherries jubilee, crème brûlée, and sorbet. Following dessert, we received chocolate mignardises and the Jean Georges signature homemade vanilla bean marshmallows. Service was acceptable, with some servers clearly having a better handle on things than others. One of our wait staff appeared to just be learning, and she cleared our bread plates and glasses much sooner than they should have been. We felt that the beverage service was a bit slow, and our glasses were often empty (which is surprising – if they had offered more drinks, they would have made more money). Our lunch was not perfect, but it was a good meal with decent service at a fair price (when you compare its price with the other Michelin 3-stars in town like Per Se and Masa).

  • Visited July 2012
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“TRANSCENDENT!”
Reviewed 13 August 2012

This has moved to the top of our list for best dining experiences - even ahead of Daniel and Bouley. Everything about our evening was perfect. This is a must-go.

  • Visited August 2012
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“Just OK”
Reviewed 12 August 2012

I wanted to take friends to a SPECIAL breakfast, after checking on many different options chose this restaurant. VERY mediocre, certainly nothing special and the service was awful Waiters were NOT proffesional, had to keep asking for refills on coffee and had to keep waiting. My husband ordered a hot chocolate, which never came, finaly towards end of meal arrived. There are certainly far better brunch places, Noughatine you can do better than this????

  • Visited August 2012
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“A Stellar Dining Experience”
Reviewed 11 August 2012

Walking in to the dining room you get the sense you're about to begin a journey, with 15 or so tables and a dozen or so staff quietly observing the room. Wife and I did the 7 course tasting, while our 14YO did the 4 course menu. As with most of the top restaurants, the food showcased the purity of its ingredients rather than masking them. Picking a favorite course would be challenging as so many were exquisite - watermellon amuse, scallops, caviar, lobster dishes, pea soup. The portions were larger than expected and we couldn't finish all courses due to their size. The staff was excellent-caring and attentive without being overbearing. TFL provides the only comparable service experience. BYO wine was handled very well. We'll be back!

  • Visited July 2012
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“Nice meal, good food, good service but it is very hard to justify the price per person.”
Reviewed 10 August 2012

This is one of the top restaurants in NYC the setting and the ambiance are very elegant and formal. At the beginning we felt the service was a bit rushed but it settled down afterwards. The service is very good but it was not 100% which is the expectation of a restaurant of this category, just some minor misses here and there but still great.

The food:
The complimentary amuse was very different and creative with popcorn dip in the warm soup. The
popcorn overpowered some of the taste but it was very nice

I had the 3 course meal started with the Gaspacho which was served at a great temperature and had the perfect consistency and flavors.

The second course was the Foie gra which we we paired with a glass of sautern (off course), the waiter brought for this pairing a 1990 Chateau Yquem, probably the best part of the meal besides the great company of our friends.

Main course was the tenerdeloin which was exquisite, but not the best that I had, I expected it to be jucier since I ordered rare. It was cooked to perfection.

At the end of the the story this was a great meal but not the best we ever had which is what I expected at this price point. (Gary Danko in San Francisco and Bouchard in Rhode Island still rank above this meal on my top of the list dinning experiences)

Even though I greatly enjoyed this meal and I am glad I had the opportunity to taste it as the saying goes "been there, done that" next time in NY I will try somewhere else, but if back in SF Gary Danko will be again.

  • Visited August 2012
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